No. 2: Crater (OR)
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Analysis: Crater may have graduated its top runner in school history, Tyrone Gorze, but it would be a mistake to sleep on Crater in 2023.
With five returners back, including No. 1 Josiah Tostenson -- a high school junior with as much talent as Gorze -- this team could be dangerous far down the line.
They are the defending Oregon Class 5A champions, the winners of NXR Northwest and fourth-place finishers at NXN. The team's returning average of 15:31.79 is no. 3 in the nation, only behind Southlake Carroll and American Fork.
Crater also owns the fifth-best returning speed rating average in the country at 175.8.
Biggest Question: Can this experienced crew have one last hurrah?
Gorze's graduation will have some doubting whether this team is capable of its heights last year. But that would be a mistake. With three seniors and two juniors returning, the squad will be upperclassmen savvy. The question will be: Can they silence the doubters?
|25||Aug. 21 -- Ridgefield (CT)|
|24||Aug. 21 -- Bentonville (AR)|
|23||Aug. 21 -- Ventura (CA)|
|22||Aug. 21 -- McCallie School (TN)|
|21||Aug. 21 -- Rocky Mountain (ID)|
|20||Aug. 22 -- Portland Jesuit (OR)|
|19||Aug. 23 -- Downers Grove North (IL)|
|18||Aug. 24 -- Riverton (UT)|
|17||Aug. 25 -- Great Oak (CA)|
|16||Aug. 26 -- Valor Christian (CO)|
|15||Aug. 27 -- Carmel (IN)|
|14||Aug. 28 -- Wichita Trinity Academy (KS)|
|13||Aug. 29 -- Union Catholic (NJ)|
|12||Aug. 30 -- Farragut (TN)|
|11||Aug. 31 -- University (WV)|
|10||Sept. 1 -- CBA (NJ)|
|9||Sept. 2 -- Stevens Point (WI)|
|8||Sept. 3 -- Herriman (UT)|
|7||Sept. 4 -- Wayzata (MN)|
|6||Sept. 5 -- Belen Jesuit (FL)|
|5||Sept. 6 -- Coeur d'Alene (ID)|
|4||Sept. 6 -- Southlake Carroll (TX)|
|3||Sept. 6 -- New Orleans Jesuit (LA)|
|2||Sept. 6 -- Crater (OR)|
|1||Sept. 6 -- American Fork (UT)|